These days, skateboarding’s popularity has allowed it to reach a whole new audience. It is possible to turn on the T.V. or open your laptop and live stream contests that are viewed by millions worldwide. Some see this as good exposure; others might say core skateboarding has become diluted in the process. There was a time when contests had much more flavour and style; the “street course” of today’s standards vary greatly from what they used to be fifteen years ago. Take a trip down memory lane and check out some of these classic moments from contests of yesteryear.
Quiksilver Bowl Riders - Marseille, France
Located in Southern France, Marseille has been the location of the most notorious of bowl contests. In 1999, Wade Speyer took home the $10,000 cash prize after casually destroying the entire park. The following year John Cardiel backside 360 melon grabbed the gap into the big bowl on a broken board—one more reason why he is one of the gnarliest to ever pick up a skateboard.
World Cup of Skateboarding - Dortmund, Germany
Brian Anderson took the gold medal in 1999, a stepping stone that would lead him to win Thrasher Magazine’s Skater of the Year later that same year.
Tampa Pro - Tampa, Florida, USA
The Skatepark of Tampa has seen epic skateboarding, in both the professional and amateur contests, since it opened in 1993. In 2001, a loop contest was introduced and Bob Burnquist pulled it off switch for the first time ever.
World Cup of Skateboarding - Prague, Czech Republic
Rodrigo Teixeira, aged fifteen at the time, won first place in 1999. In eS footwear’s first video, Menikmati (2002), Teixeira explains how winning that contest set the explosive trajectory of his career.
Slam City Jam—Vancouver, Canada
Canada’s biggest contest was one of the hottest locations in the contest circuit in the late ‘90s and early 2000s. The ever-stylish Mark Gonzales graced the green rainbow rail with a flawless backside feeble all the way back in 2002.